30 seconds interview: Anna Pancaldi

Anna Pancaldi singer songwriter

Singer songwriter Anna Pancaldi may not yet be a name on everyone’s lips, but those in the know are tipping her earthy acoustics for big things.

With fans in BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary and BBC London’s Gaby Roslin, plus bookers at the Cambridge Folk Festival and Glastonbury inviting her to play, she’s already cutting through the waves with just two EPs under her belt.

The second, Dear Joey, landed at number three in the singer songwriter chart on its release in April.

Since then, she’s toured with Jake Isaac and completed her first US tour, stopping in at New York, Nashville and Los Angeles.

Now with a new single, Keep On Keeping On, in the works for October, we thought it was high time we spent a few moments with Anna to learn more about her intricate craft…

I’ve been making music since….
I remember writing my first song at 12 years old in Cape Town, called Do You Know What it’s Like to be Me! Haha.

My music is…
In the alternative singer songwriter category I would say!

You’ll like me if you listen to…
Jeff Buckley.

My favourite venue is…
The Royal Albert Hall.

Music is important because…
As cheesy as it sounds, it means everything to me. It has the power to be out outlet, a healer, a peacemaker. What a wonderful thing.

My biggest inspiration is…
Jeff Buckley, music should make you feel something and that isn’t a given. He was the epitome of that for me, in lyric, melody and as a performer. One of the greats.

My dream collaboration would be…
Carole King, I missed her performance at British Summer Time festival as I was on my first US tour, but Tapestry is one of my favourite albums.

To try me out, listen to my track…
Come On Love.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
I’ve never questioned it, haha, so that’s no simple question!

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
Very much a part of this music industry. The career I am carving is one that I hope holds longevity, so touring around the world more extensively to a wider audience and continuing to make music. I never want to stop, just to keep climbing!

Anna launches her single Keep On Keeping On at St Leonards Church, London, on 12 October.

http://www.annapancaldi.com/

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